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Various Artists - Record Players


Published May 2014


Compositions from artists using turntables or records in their sound making processes.

01. Strotter Inst. - Wankelmut
02. Vinyl Terror and Horror - Did she mention my name?
03. Henry Holmes - Death Race 1900
04. Graham Dunning - Broad Daylight
05. JD Zazie - Chopped Sauce
06. Janek Schaefer - Round In Circles
07. Cullllt - Boulder
08. Romvelope - 4 Million Nirvana Fans
09. Matthew Lee Knowles - For The Wreckord
10. Chris Mann - Record Player
11. Sarah Farmer - A1 of 1
12. Tom White - Entry (Suspense)
13. MARIUS - Poetry

Compiled by Graham Dunning.



01. Strotter Inst. - Wankelmut
Strotter Inst. is generating dense sound- and rhythmstructures by using modified and manipulated turntables. The music ranges from a low-fi rumble changing into concrete clicks and scrapes, followed by epic drones and multilayered broken beats to fall back into tricky bass-meditations. Hardly using sounds from LP's the main source of sound are the prepared pick-ups (i.e. sewing needles or strings instead of the diamond or the extended use of rubber bands).

02. Vinyl Terror and Horror - Did she mention my name?
Our approach to music starts from a visual and sculptural practice. Turntable deconstruction and rearrangement of the vinyl media in all imaginative ways is strongly influencing our sounds. 
We are working in the field of cinematic soundscapes with a high tolerance level of possible hi- fi disasters. 

03. Henry Holmes - Death Race 1900
The piece is basically two copies of a record I made. These 2 records I scratched, drew on, carved out with a knife and stuck bits of sellotape at various places. I then started them both at the same time to see which one would finish playing first or if they would get to the end at all. I thought it would be interesting to see how they would sound playing without any interference from me.

04. Graham Dunning - Broad Daylight
I used the crackle from the runout groove of one of my dubplates to trigger an analogue synth, making several passes at different frequencies and performing the same physical process each time.

05. JD Zazie - Chopped Sauce
As a DJ Valeria Merlini focuses on experimental electronic music, playing solo and also with several groups, constantly extending the conventions of turntablism, musique concrete, free improvisation and composed music. 

06. Janek Schaefer - Round In Circles
Multiple aspects of sound are Janek Schaefer's focus, resulting in many releases, installations, soundtracks for exhibitions, and concerts using his self built/invented record players with manipulated found sound collage.

07. Cullllt - Boulder
I improvised freely with the broken needle of the turntable, and simultaneously added some effects to the sound with an old effects rack. Later I added the sounds of the casio keyboard and the manipulated filter/sequencer.
"Boulder" is mainly made out of improvised material, that was then arranged in order to create a composition.

08. Romvelope - 4 Million Nirvana Fans
The composition is based on recordings of an small installation i did featuring a miniature turntable. The title comes from a radio discussion I heard: the commentator was talking about how pre-Nevermind there were a hypothetical 4 million Nirvana fans who were yet to realize they were Nirvana fans and if it hadn't been for Geffen's intervention in releasing the album, they would still be listening to motley crew and tom petty.

09. Matthew Lee Knowles - For The Wreckord
Compositional methodologies range from Cageian chance operations to hexachordal rotational transpositional arrays, collage, quotation and homage.  Interests include sequence, repetition, allusion, exact and crippled symmetry, theme and variation, duration, freedom, subtle and blasé theatre, silence, extreme editing, superimposition, impossibility, endurance, pointlessness, ridiculousness, mathematics, mesostics, codes, authority, the everyday, newspapers, cosmology, physics and generally just being an experimentalist. 

10. Chris Mann - Record Player
It's basically a processed mix of me manipulating a piece of 12" vinyl by doing things like hitting it with mallets, bowing it, wobbling it, and scratching with my fingernails. 

11. Sarah Farmer - A1 of 1
The track was made with etched copper discs on record players, violin and found sounds from cacti and printing press and was cut to vinyl to be played as part of a record collection.

12. Tom White - Entry (Suspense)
Tom White's work traverses multi-media platforms including sound, experimental film and video, installation and live performance. "I've been raiding my library records and came up with this piece."

13. MARIUS - Poetry
track was edited from  recording at the NTS radio live with record and open mic.







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